Your 23-month-old's physical development: Dressing up, dressing down

Your 23-month-old's physical development: Dressing up, dressing down

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New this month: Dressing up, dressing down

As she approaches her second birthday, your toddler can probably undress herself (which she may have been doing for months) and put some of her clothes back on. Loose-fitting t-shirts, jackets, and zippered pajamas are the easiest clothes to take on and off. Her interest in clothes and dressing herself may also extend to playing dress-up. Keep funny hats and scarves around for her to practice with, and let her wrap herself up in bath towels for fun.

In other developments, your child's probably so confident on her feet now that she can bend over from the waist to pick something up from the floor; she no longer has to squat down. She'll try to stand on her tiptoes and may have jumping in place (with two feet off the ground at the same time) down pat. And beware: She's determined to walk up and down stairs without any help from you.

What you can do

Buy outfits that come with few — if any — buttons, snaps, or hook-and-eye clasps to help your toddler learn how to dress herself,. Your toddler will do best with elastic-waist pants, pull-on tops, and Velcro-close shoes. By stocking your child's drawers with those easy-on items, you'll minimize morning struggles. Introduce new challenges — a single large button or a big snap — one at a time.

Other developments: Puzzles and pictures

At 23 months, your toddler may have the brain power and fine-motor skills to complete a jigsaw puzzle that's composed of three to six pieces. She may also be able to draw circles (don't expect them to be smooth yet), in addition to vertical and horizontal lines. See if she can build a tower of six or more blocks or is coordinated enough to press "pop" beads together or string large wooden beads on a cord.

Give her opportunities to fine-tune her finger and hand work by scooping up and pouring out sand or birdseed, pouring water, squeezing moldable compounds like Play-Doh or even bread dough if you like to cook together. Have crayons and paints available for her to create art with, and let her see you writing and drawing. Then watch how she tries to imitate you.

See all our articles on toddler development.

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